Tag Archive for Constitution Committee

The recess begins

Lord Norton

The House of Commons rose for the summer recess on Tuesday and the House of Lords on Wednesday.   By the end of Wednesday, after the House had risen, there was still a good deal of activity.  The Despatch Box (the snack bar) in the Atrium in Portcullis House was well patronised.  The giveaway that we…

End of Term

Baroness Murphy

I have rarely heard such a disgruntled debate as last night on the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill. Lord Norton has already given the background in his blog of 22 March and was on fine form in the chamber. Lady Boothroyd, the former Speaker of the Commons, not normally given to hyperbole except in her…

Anything but silence in court

Lord Norton

The Constitution Committee took evidence yesterday as part of its current inquiry into referendums.  We heard from Peter Facey, of Unlock Democracy, and Peter Kellner, of YouGov, and then from Stuart Weir, of the Democratic Audit, and Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, who is undertaking a study of deliberative democracy.  What was interesting, and unexpected,…

Emergency legislation

Lord Norton

Earlier this year, the Constitution Committee published a report on emergency, or fast track, legislation.   Very little study has been undertaken of such legislation, even though there is a general recognition that legislating in haste may not necessarily produce good legislation.  The report made various recommendations for change, not least that there should be a…